Praise for Malawi’s new focus on HIV among LGBTI people

10 Apr

Malawi, a step forward!!

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Gift Trapence, executive director of the Centre for the Development of People, or CEDEP (Photo courtesy of Abcnyheter.no Gift Trapence, executive director of the Centre for the Development of People, or CEDEP (Photo courtesy of Abcnyheter.no

Malawi plans to intensify its fight against AIDS in the country’s LGBTI community, winning praise from LGBTI activists for its efforts.

The southeast African country  is seeking more than US $388,000 from the Global Fund for Tuberculosis, Malaria and HIV and AIDS for the program, which will provide testing, counseling, treatment, condoms, and advice on how to prevent risky behavior among Malawi’s LGBTI population, estimated to number more than 38,000 people. The intended beneficiaries are primarily men who have sex with men.

“We are commending the Government action to include [gays] in the Global fund proposal for funding,” said Gift Trapence, executive director of the LGBTI-friendly Centre for Development of the People (CEDEP), in an article  in the Nyasa Times.

However, Trapence said, more needs to be done.

“It is now…

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